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African American Mutual Assistance Network Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Youth Development Programs

Mission: AAMAN's Mission is to create an environment of cultural acceptance by eliminating "mere" cultural tolerances. Share cultural differences through open-honest dialogue by addressing racism and intolerance. Reduce poverty and build sustainable prosperity for low-income families. Provide educational resources to children and young adults in order to realize the possibility of a successful and productive life. Develop employment and educational opportunities for low-income families while inspiring children to learn, adults to teach and communities to move forward together. We believe the quality of the investment we make in our youth and their families will help to positively shape their future. All of these individuals represent the promise of accomplishing great things and deserve every opportunity to fulfill that promise without restrictions.

Results: Our Fields Graduates enter kindergarten reading two grade levels above their peers. Our Next Step - We The People Program Graduates go on to earn their AA or BA Degree and/or find gainful employment!

Target demographics: Children 3 1/2 to 2nd grade for our Literacy Program.High School Youth to young adults for our Next Step program.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 students: (Pre-K - 3rd Grade), teens and young adults.

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Clara Fields School of Excellence Next Step program We The People Program Annual Juneteenth Citywide Celebration

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this organization and the walking "examples" and "proof" are the children. Smiling, happy and most importantly...educated! The love that Mr. and Mrs. Adams have for these children and their passion for teaching is heartwarming and is missing in so many schools. God Bless them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you AAMAN for teaching my two children how to read! My son and daughter started learning at AAMAN in 2013. My son was 5 years-old and entering Kindergarten. My daughter was entering 3 year-old preschool. They both knew their alphabet and a few site words. Of course, our son knew more because he was older. But, neither of them were reading above their grade levels when they started at AAMAN. After graduating from the program, they were both reading above their grade levels. My daughter actually skipped 4-year-old preschool and enrolled directly in Kindergarten, primarily because of her advanced reading skills. Both kids have been strong readers ever since.

Anna118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Clara Fields school two months ago and have been beyond impressed by not only the love and care every child receives from all the other volunteers and interns, but also by the sheer amount of improvement I have seen in the children in such a short time span! It is a tribute to Val and Cecil's passion, kindness, and devotion that program is such a success. They create an environment of safety and love for everyone at the school while at the same time fostering an incredible learning environment. I have seen 4 year olds performing at levels I would expect from 7 or 8 year olds! Not only that, but these kids are excited to come learn and have fun doing so at Clara Fields. My only regret in volunteering here is that I did not start sooner! I cannot say enough good things about the Clara Fields School!

Kimmy G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer teacher for a year and a half and was astounded by the children's ability and readiness to learn reading, writing, and phonics. The children that come out of the pre-literacy program are exposed to such rich content in a nurturing environment. They will thrive in school and in their lives because of this program. I strongly believe in Val and Cecil's goals for these kids and the community because of the positive effects on the children. It was truly one of my greatest joys to work with them during my time as an undergraduate student.

Emily U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern with the Clara Fields Multicultural Literacy Program, looking forward to completing my degree in Elementary Education. I have absolutely loved my experience so far!! Cecil and Val are two of the most amazing, genuine, dedicated people I know. It has been my pleasure to work for them and help out the program. As a teacher in the Literacy Program, I can truly state that every child loved, nurtured, and taught to the best of the volunteer teachers ability. They will go on to school to excel, not only in reading, but also in life skills. Every event during the day is a lesson, and every student will leave the program a better reader and a better person. I am humbled and amazed that I get to be a part of this amazing program, and can truly say that this has been one of the best experiences of my life!

David362

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with the Juneteenth 2016 event as a DJ and was really impressed how Cecil Adams had everything organized. He was a pleasure to work with and I was glad to be able to help out the community. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to be a volunteer teacher for a year and half. There is nothing but love and joy poured into this program. These kids have a clear head start in their education and I believe it will take them far in life. I went into this volunteer experience thinking I was going to help them, but instead this program and those kids helped me. They helped me discover my love for teaching the next generation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cecil and Valjean Adams are truly making a difference in this community with their commitment, compassion, and zeal.

Much is happening under the umbrella of AAMAN. Two programs in particular stand out for me: the We the People program and the Clara Fields Literacy school, which graduates excellent readers at a very young age.

This is my 27th year of home education. My vast experience with one-on- one and small group interaction and tutoring has shown me the superiority of this methodology, which is practiced with AAMAN.

As a Constitutionalist, I am excited about having been a Presenter with this program. Plans are to revamp and start again -- as we will be teaching teens and adults solid understanding of Civics, Good Character, and the Constitution.

Solid training in the above principles, equips learners for employment readiness and/or higher education.

Amanda234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be able to be involved with the AAMAN's 2016 Juneteenth event. The organization exhibited great warmth and hospitality to all those who volunteered and participated in the event. Community members were greeted with enthusiasm and were able to participate in a wide range of socially, culturally, and historically significant events. As a volunteer, I was received warmly by all those helping to run the event. I believe that AAMAN is doing an excellent job catering to the needs of the community. They are helping to build bridges of trust and communication between community members. I applaud their efforts!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has made huge gains by being a part if their literacy program. She started when she was 3 1/2 and now that she just turned 4, she is already working on phonics. The staff there is nice, and they have a small student to teacher ratio which makes the program very effective.

Donor

Rating: 5

We supported AAMAN do to their Youth Services. Their Pre-k Literacy services for 3-5 year old children is an excellent early childhood education program and their Next Step Program that services 9th to 12th graders is designed to assist these youth to choose a career and/or secure gainful employment.

Because of the organization's low cost and target populations, I was moved to donate funding and supplies to help further their cause, goals and purpose.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their literature class for my 3 year old daughter has greatly helped her improve her expression and communication skills.. There has never been a moment of regret but appreciation for the team. My little princess always looks forward to going daily.. And the affordability is a little fraction of what we receive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have three children, two of which are in middle school, and I wish this organization was around for them. I am happy I have a small child that I was able to enroll into the program. I was referred by a close friend who's child graduated the program recently. I was just amazed at how advanced their child was and needed to know where their child went. I drove right down to their office and enrolled my child that day. My daughter loves both Mr. & Mrs. Adams and can't wait to go learn, sing songs and have fun. They are truly a blessing!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cecil and Valjean Adams do a wonderful job teaching young children how to red. The classes are outstanding and a child will learn to read at a very high level in a short period of time. My only issue - I wish they continued the program through 1-2 grades in the summer. I want more of their classes for my child.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow! There are so many wonderful things to say about Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Adams. They are a pillar in the community and love helping children advance. Needless to say, I have spread the word to all family and friends as I believe the Clara Fields Multicultural Literacy Program needs to be the foundation to every childs education.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

African American Mutual Assistnace Network is an outstanding organization that provides educational, and social needs for those in need in our community. I am energized by their energy and contributions that they provide to the community and I am so proud and blessed to be a volunteer with the organization.
The agency provides endless hours to help those in need. Only positive outcomes for the community with their hard work and love for others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cecil and Valjean Adams are outstanding leaders in our community, ensuring that young children are well prepared to enter school and that older kids receive mentorship opportunities. As we know, providing a great base for young children is imperative for later school success; through their Clara Fields reading program, young children are given tools needed to ensure that they are great students, which not only helps the students, but insures that the served-communities also benefit. I have seen first hand the great success stories they have fostered, and we are very lucky to have AAMAN here in Western Wisconsin.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work they do with the very young is profound. My children have become readers at 4 1/2 years old and their confidence is over flowing. My daughter said her favorite part of the day was being able to read the most difficult Dick and Jane (blue) book. She went on to express how proud she was to be reading on her own. The caring adult volunteers are equally proud of her.

That confidence makes school a breeze and they can focus on more advanced work. This would not have been possible without this early learning.

Donations are needed to keep this going to keep this important work going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 2 years, I was a volunteer at a public school, 8 hours a week with 2 kindergarten classes. I was able to see what the teachers had to contend with: 16 students in a class, each with varying degrees of reading skills. These were 5-year olds, some of whom didn't even know "the ABC song!" When I volunteered at the Clara Fields Literacy Program this past summer, I could see a world of difference. I helped 3-year olds learn to recognize and write the capital letters, then progress to lower-case letters -- always making sure that they could write those letters. It is a step-by-step process, but before long those 3 and 4 year old children were able to read words -- and then BOOKS! What an amazing and dedicated group of people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our national reading, math, and problem solving test scores continue to decline in global comparison. This program is outside the box, exactly what we need to start doing on a large scale to re-estalish competitiveness. I am not only proud to have a 4 year old who can read (and is very articulate for her
age) but I'm also excited and thankful to have the opportunity to support this program. The Adams' are so cool. The volunteers are patient and loving with the kids. My child loves her reading class. This is the best kept secret around ...and shouldn't be!